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Jschool is an independent journalism college based in Brisbane, Australia. The college, founded in 2001, admitted its first students in 2002.[1] [2] [3] [4] Jschool is directed and was founded by journalist and educator John Henningham.

Diploma of Journalism[edit]

Jschool provides teaching and assessment of the Diploma of Journalism, an accredited one-year tertiary qualification within the Australian Qualifications Framework. The course is vocational in approach, declaring an emphasis on reporting and news writing practice.[5][6][7][8] In 2009 the college received federal government FEE-HELP registration, enabling Australian students to receive student loans.[9][10] From 2013, Jschool's Diploma of Journalism can be studied online and is also available part-time for online students.[11]

Ratings and awards[edit]

The college has been named top journalism school in Australia, based on graduates' ratings. [12] [13]

Students at Jschool have regularly been finalists in the "Most outstanding journalism student" award in the annual Queensland Media Awards (the Clarions), winning the competition in 2010 and 2005[14][15]


Jschool publishes the online newspaper Newsbytes [7], with news, feature stories and reviews in print and multimedia formats[16]

Honorary degrees[edit]

Jschool has awarded honorary doctor of journalism degrees to distinguished journalists in recognition of their contribution to journalism. Recipients include National Nine political editor Laurie Oakes,[17][18] national chief correspondent with The Australian newspaper, Hedley Thomas, Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio current affairs journalist Nance Haxton, crime and corruption reporter Bob Bottom, [19] Asia-Pacific Journalism Centre director John Wallace,[20][21] APN Australian Publishing executive editor Peter Owen,[22] former Courier-Mail editor Greg Chamberlin, journalism educator Desley Bartlett and editor of Brisbane's Independent newspaper, Don Gordon-Brown. [23]

Included among those given honorary doctorates are two Herald Sun journalists, Gerard McManus and Michael Harvey, in recognition of their courage in upholding the Australian Journalists' Association's code of ethics. (McManus and Harvey were convicted and fined for contempt of court when they refused to reveal confidential sources for their investigative journalism.) [24]


  1. ^ Valerie Gigliotti, "Extensive consultation creates intense journo course", PANPA Bulletin, April 2002
  2. ^ Mark Day, "A matter of degree", Media section cover story, The Australian, 24 January 2002
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2011-07-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Jim Buckell, "Theory gives way to workplace readiness", The Australian, 11 December 2002
  5. ^ Elizabeth Allen, "How to break into journalism", The Courier-Mail, 28 November 2009
  6. ^ Transcript, "Journalism Education: Cultures of Journalism/Lifelong Learning series", Radio National, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 26 June 2004
  7. ^ Mick O'Regan interview: "Journalism education: does it provide the skills?" Radio National, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 20 November 2003
  8. ^ "Jobs come easily with diploma", The Courier-Mail, 8 October 2003
  9. ^ "Journalism support", Diary, The Australian (Media), 28 September 2009
  10. ^ Christopher O'Leary, "Boost for budding journalists", South-West News, 6 January 2010
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2013-07-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Jschool scoops the pool", Diary, The Australian (Media), 7 October 2008
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2011-07-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ [2]
  16. ^ "Hot off the press", The Australian (Media Diary), 17 May 2010
  17. ^ "Doctor in the house", Strewth, The Australian, 23 October 2010
  18. ^ [3]
  19. ^ "Honour for reporter", The Independent 11 December 2003
  20. ^ [4]
  21. ^ "Shrinking media coverage of world news a concern: expert", The Independent, Brisbane, November 2009
  22. ^ "Doctorate for Owen", Diary, The Australian (Media), 3 November 2008
  23. ^ [5]
  24. ^ [6]